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Platanus occidentalis

Platanus occidentalis

Platanus occidentalis

American sycamore, American planetree

Photograph(s) by*: PLANTS LA, USDA NRCS


Height: 75-100'
Spread: 75-100'

Flowers: Apr.-Jun.; yellow-green
Fruit: Aug.-Dec.; brown; achene (dry, flat seed)
Fall color: yellow

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 4.9-6.5
Soil type: Loamy Sandy


alluvial soils of river bottoms & lake shores

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD


Songbird Small mammal *


leafs out late spring; showy bark; leaves may persist into winter

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004